The Neighbourhood

Our Neighbourhood


The John Lewis House is located on Government Street in James Bay, the oldest residential neighbourhood in Victoria. James Bay contains many significant heritage homes that are either registered or designated under the city’s Residential Heritage Program.

Our house is less than a block from the Dallas Road waterfront, where the coastal path leads west to Ogden Point and on to the Inner Harbour, or east to Clover Point and further around the coast. The scenery is stunning, with the Olympic Mountain range in Washington State to the south across the Juan de Fuca Strait.

Downtown Victoria is 15 minutes’ walk from the John Lewis House. We are ideally placed for visits to the Royal BC Museum, the BC Legislature, the Inner Harbour and many other attractions as well as shopping and restaurants.

Beacon Hill Park is a short walk away, with beautiful landscaped gardens, especially the rhododendron garden, as well as trails, playground, playing fields and children’s farm petting zoo. Pause for a while to watch games of tennis, cricket, lawn bowls, or even croquet.

On Government Street (formerly known as Carr Street), on the way to downtown, stands the Emily Carr House, the childhood home of Emily Carr the renowned artist, author and lover of Nature. Emily died in the nearby James Bay Inn.

Local restaurants in James Bay include Heron Rock Bistro, James Bay Inn, the Bent Mast pub, Breakwater Bistro, Nourish & Il Covo.

“Five Corners” is the nearby shopping area at the junction of Menzies, Simcoe and Toronto Streets which includes a supermarket, bank, pharmacy, liquor store,  florist, coffee shops and medical services.